This day in history

January 31st, 2008 by Merrilee

From the Writer’s Almanac and via Judith Bush…

On this day in 1815, President James Madison approved an act of Congress appropriating $23,950 to purchase Thomas Jefferson’s library of 6,487 volumes In 1814, after capturing Washington, D.C., the British burned the U.S. Capitol, destroying the Library of Congress and its 3,000-volume collection.

Okay, it was yesterday.

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One Response to “This day in history”

  1. Karen Says:

    For those interested in more information about Thomas Jefferson’s library:

    Douglas Galbi analyzed the Jefferson library by category and publication date in his “purple motes” blog at
    He also notes how controversial Congress’ purchase was: it was narrowly approved 81 votes for, 71 votes against.

    E. Millicent Sowerby’s Catalogue of the Library of Thomas Jefferson is available online at the Library of Congress’ Rare Books & Special Collections Web site at: